How to Conduct Anti-Racism Research Online Before beginning any research on anti-racism in Canada, it is important to acknowledge that racism is a problem in Canada, both historically and presently. Further, the issue of racism and anti-racism must be recognized as a vast, complex subject. Anti-racism is not easily defined or explained, and it is a concept that continues to develop and change. Thus, this report is intended as a guide to researching anti-racism on -line, and is intended to enhance research on the topic of anti-racism. Researching anti-racism requires an analysis of how racism effects people in the wider structures of Canadian society, most notably in systems such as the justice system, the media, policing, immigration, employment, government, hate activity, and education.* The possibilities for researching anti-racism has been incredibly augmented with the development of the internet and its recent establishment as an accessible research tool. Yet, pertinent information often remains inaccessible due to inadequate awareness of how to conduct research on the Internet. Thus, in order to maximize success in researching anti-racism, it is necessary to first have a basic idea of how to conduct a web search. Instructional Sites There are many instructional sites on how to use the web, and some of the most useful sites for research purposes are: A Student's Guide to WWW Research: Web Searching, Web Page Evaluation, and Research Strategies: http://www.slu.edu/departments/english/research Basic guide for researching on the net http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html How to research on-line http://www.w3.arizona.edu/~mss/nslinks.html Internet Research FAQ http://www.purefiction.com/pages/res1.htm Research advice from Netscape http://www.researchbuzz.com Research Strategy http://www.library.cornell.edu/okuref/research/skill1.htm Searching for information on the Internet http://www.namss.org.uk/search.htm Social Science Resources: Content to Browse http://www.socsciresearch.com/r2.html Table of Contents - Internet Research Tools http://www.ctt.bc.ca/edtech/irt/toc-1.html Comprehensive Search Engines One of the most important tools for research on the net is knowledge of the utility of various search engines. There are countless search engines, and the numbers continue to grow everyday, but some of the most effective comprehensive search engines are: A list of search tools http://dfield.epsb.edmonton.ab.ca/srch.htm Altavista Canada http://www.altavistacanada.com/cgi-bin/query Canada.com http://www.canada.com Dogpile, A Search Engine of Search Engines: http://www.dogpile.com Metacrawler http://www.go2net.com SavvySearch: using the internet for research http://www.savvysearch.com/search? q=using+the+internet+for+research&op=p&cat Search Engine Watch- a definitive search engine information source: http://www.searchenginewatch.com The Search Is Over - evaluation of search engines http://www.zdnet.com/pccomp/features/fea1096/sub2.html The Spider's Apprentice--Tips on Searching the Web http://www.monash.com/spidap.html Anti-Racism Research Strategy The problem of inaccessible information of the Internet becomes magnified when one attempts to research an area as complex, and nebulous, as anti-racism. The first problem arises as a result of the concept of anti-racism itself, as it remains a concept that is not easily defined or universally adopted. Thus, to increase success of research, researchers must not restrict searches to the term "anti-racism." Some terms that are often indicators that a site deals with the concept of anti-racism are: Affirmative Action, Anti-Racism, Anti-Racism Education, Anti-Semitism, Civil Rights, Colonization, Communautès culturelles (Québec), Cultural Identity, Culture, Discrimination, Distributive Justice, Diversity, Ethnic Minorities, Ethnic Relations, Equality, Equity, Ethnic Studies, Ethnicity, Ethnocentrism, Eurocentrism, Exclusion, Government Policy, Hate Activity, Hate Crimes, Identity, Imperialism, Inequality, Interculturel (Québec), Multicultural Education, Multiculturalism, Oppression, Organizational Change, Pluralism, Prejudice, Race, Race Classification, Race Relations, Racial, Racialization, Racialized Groups, Racism, Racist, Segregation, Stereotype, Xenophobia Anti-Racism Search Engines In addition to comprehensive, general search engines, there are many sites that specifically address the issue of anti-racism. These sites consist of both government sites and non-governmental organizations' sites. These sites are probably the most effective means of gaining very specific information about an antiracism issue. Some of the most useful sites are: Access to Justice Network- bilingual - Search by subject http://www.acjnet.org/cgi-bin/legal/legal.pl?lkey=al&ckey=socwelf&tkey=subjects African Studies http://www.sfu.ca/~sfpirg/Links/african.html Anti-Racism Research Centre http://www.wpunj.edu/~irt/courses/soc630/explore2.htm Bibliography of Anti-Racism Education http://www.goshen.edu/~kevinps/antiracism.html Bibliography on Anti-Racist research http://www.pocho.com/racism/index.html Canadian Centre for Multicultural and Intercultural Education -bilingualhttp://www.ccmie.com/ Canadian Heritage -bilingualhttp://www.pch.gc.ca/english.htm Canadian Race Relations Foundation -bilingualhttp://www.crr.ca Communauté urbaine de Montréal http://www.cum.qc.ca/cum-fr/aff-corp/acsrcorf.htm Critical Canadian page of Anti-Racism links http://www.hillel.montreal.qc.ca/hatred1_frame.html Ensemble contre le racisme http://www.antiracisme.org/ Holocaust Related Anti-Racism http://www.vwc.edu/library_tech/wwwpages/dgraf/holocaus.htm Indigenous Peoples http://www.sfu.ca/~sfpirg/Links/indigenous.html International Multicultural Sites http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/multicultural/sites/anti-sites.html McMaster University Anti-Racist sites http://www.socsci.mcmaster.ca/EJS/VLIB/race.html Media Awareness Network -bilingual- http://www.mediaawareness.ca/eng/med/comm/ywca/action/advocacy.htm Media Net http://www.mnet.ch/ National Library of Canada database- bilingualhttp://www.nlc-bnc.ca/fhome.htm National Library of Canada -bilingualhttp://www.nlc-bnc.ca/confed/fblacks.htm Public Service Commission - Diversity Collection -bilingual- http://www.psccfp.gc.ca/library/htmlcat/homedive.htm Public Service Commission of Canada-bilingualhttp://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/dmd/dmdf1.htm Queen's University links to anti-racist research http://www.hr.queensu.ca/staff-rel/Equity/equity/rac_ind.htm The Multicultural Pavilion http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/multicultural The WWW V-Lib: Migration and Ethnic Relations / Complete List of Resources http://www.ercomer.org/wwwvl Evaluating Electronic Information There are many other sites that will contain information on Anti-Racism. However, it is important to be critical in assessing the information that these sites present, and to remember that these sites may contain biased or unauthoritative material. Before using any information, it is important to consider the legitimacy of the source. Some methods for evaluating web sites can be found at the following locations: The Virtual Chase: Information Quality on the Internet: A Checklist http://www.virtualchase.com/quality/index.html How to Critically Analyze Information Sources: http://www.library.cornell.edu/okuref/research/skill26.htm Web Awareness http://www.webawareness.org * For more information on the concept of Racism see "Acknowledging and Defining Racism."
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